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Library Newsletter March 2018

Have fun and support the Friends of the Library!

Oso Fit Bear LogoTwo great opportunities are coming up to support the Friends of the Library while enjoying fun community events. The City is sponsoring a Community Health Fair and 5K Fun Run on Saturday, March 3 along the Village Green next to the Norman P. Murray Center.   The Health Fair runs from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. with the 5K run kicking off at 8:30 am.  The event registration fee can be donated to one of several local nonprofit organizations, including the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library. To register by selecting the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library as your charity of choice, visit

If running’s not your speed, the Mission Viejo Rotary Club is hosting a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament and Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, April 14. All entries include dinner. Gambling is not required, and you can select the Friends of the Library to receive the majority of your registration free. Learn more about this fun event and register at

Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Library are hosting a spring book sale in the library’s Heritage Room on Monday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale includes books for all ages as well as CDs, DVDs and a selection of jigsaw puzzles. Don’t miss this chance to get great deals on books and more.

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer will appear in Mission Viejo March 14

Brad Meltzer, one of the nation’s most beloved thriller authors, will discuss his new book “The Escape Artist” on Wednesday, March 14 as part of the City’s popular Writers Present program. This stimulating free presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

For two decades, Meltzer has been entertaining readers with a dozen thrillers, successful children’s book series, comic books and TV shows.  Meltzer is responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that firefighters raised at Ground Zero in his TV show, “Brad Meltzer's Lost History.”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first book, Meltzer decided to return to the start. Just like the novel that launched his career, “The Escape Artist” is a tightly-woven, fast-paced thriller full of little-known American history and unforgettable characters. It explores what happens when ordinary people are thrust into moments of great action and responsibility.  The book is the first in an entirely new series.  

Patrons are welcome to this free presentation based on seat availability beginning at 6:15 p.m.  For reserved seating and priority book signing based on the order of online purchase, buy a ticket online today and you’ll get a hardcover copy of “The Escape Artist.” Books can be picked up beginning at 6 p.m. on March 14, and guests can socialize on the terrace where the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host a wine bar. Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will also be on hand selling books. 

For more information, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or

History of Alcohol and Speakeasies in Orange County

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 23 when local historian Manny Escamilla presents the early history of alcohol in Orange County. The evening begins with a no-host wine bar at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center. 

Escamilla will cover the late 1800s through the rise of the temperance movement, with history expert Dylan Almendral discussing the prohibition-era raids and political scandals.

Other topics included in this historical and fascinating presentation include Orange County’s vote to proclaim the entire county dry in 1900; prohibition’s effect on Orange County; what types of alcohol were available in the OC at the time and where could you purchase them; and what were the penalties for first-time and repeat offenders.

In the book “Newport 75,” Judge Robert Gardner recalled being a young boy in the 1920s sitting at the end of the dock between the Balboa Pavilion and Balboa Island Ferry and watching the rum runners enter the bay and unload multiple cases of liquor into black sedans.

Enjoy a glass of wine and learn some fun and surprising trivia facts about life in the OC 100 years ago. To RSVP, contact or 949-830-7100, ext. 5105

Photo Caption: Bootleggers went to extreme measures to keep alcohol flowing during America’s Prohibition years. However, 20th century lawmen were just as committed to their cause as evidenced by this vintage photo of Orange County Sheriff Sam Jernigan, Undersheriff Ed McClellan and Santa Ana Constable Jesse Elliott overseeing the destruction of some bootlegged booze. 
Orange County Archives, Flickr 

Join the Conversation!

One Book, One CommunityDo you want to read a thought-provoking memoir?  Then, delve into “Undocumented” by Dan-el Padilla Peralta as part of Mission Viejo Library’s “One Book, One Community” program. In partnership with Saddleback Community College, this program encourages the community to read a shared book, examine relevant topics and themes and engage with others. Our goal is to promote reading and community discourse. The 2018 book selection “Undocumented” is the memoir of a young man who overcomes many challenges throughout his life to graduate at the top of his class from both Princeton and Stanford universities. This book explores homelessness, poverty, language, immigration, literacy and more. Copies are available at the library.
Share your thoughts at a library book club discussion on March 28 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or April 6 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Space is limited. Register by calling the library today at 949-830-7100, ext. 5105. 

The final event of this program is a special presentation by the author on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  Reservations are not required; however, seating is limited. We hope to see you there!

New reading program for kids will cultivate academic and career success

The Mission Viejo Library is rolling out a new reading program for young children – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! 

Geared to youngsters from ages 0-6, the 1,000 Books program is a nationwide initiative designed to foster essential reading habits from the get-go, since children who are read to at home are better prepared for school and continue to excel throughout their academic careers. 

The program is meant to nurture a habit of parents and caregivers reading to their children regularly over a span of multiple years. Therefore, the goal of 1,000 books is a substantial but not insurmountable achievement. 

Here’s how to participate:

  • Registration and book logging is done via Beanstack. Parents must create a Beanstack account and add a profile for each reader.
  • Readers earn badges they can redeem for real-life prizes at the Mission Viejo Library. They earn a treasure-chest item for every 100 books completed and School Supply Kit when they’ve reached 1,000 books. They can also have their names etched on our 1,000 Books Wall of Fame, which will adorn the children’s area of the library.

So, get started today in planting a seed to grow lifelong readers. For more information, call 949-830-7100, ext. 5107.

Writers Present Lisa Scottoline April 10 at the Norman Murray Center

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline will delight fans when she presents her latest thriller “After Anna” in Mission Viejo April 10 – the book’s release date. 

Lisa Scottoline is an Edgar Award recipient for the Rosato & DiNunzio series as well as her novels "One Perfect Lie,” “Most Wanted” and many others. Thirty million copies of her books are in print in the United States, and she has been published in 35 countries. Her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. “After Anna” is a groundbreaking domestic thriller and novel of emotional justice and legal intrigue.

Along with novels, Lisa also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” – a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs. Lisa’s books have solidly landed on all the major bestseller lists and are known for their emotionality and warm and down-to-earth characters, which resonate with readers long after they have finished the books. 

Free seating for this Writers Present program at the Norman Murray Center is first-come, first-served.  You can also visit to obtain VIP Meet & Greet Reception or general admission tickets, which include a hardcover copy of “After Anna”; reserved seating and priority book signing.

Graphic novels – Part II

We are highlighting a different type of graphic novel each month leading up to the Mission Viejo Comic-Con event on Saturday, April 14.  This month, we’re focusing on a different genre for comic books, the fantasy tale. Ever since dragons and elves have graced the pages of books, fantasy comics have been around. In 1937, the book “The Hobbit” was first published and the comic strip “Prince Valiant” first appeared in newspapers.

Subsequently, the comic book world has published many fantasy stories. Here is a list of several wonderful fantasy graphic novels in our collection:

Castle Waiting
Story and art by Linda Medley.
Magic Knight Rayearth
Persia Blues
Story by Dara Naraghi and illustrated by Brent Bowman.
Written and drawn by Jeff Smith.
Written by Alan Moore with art by J. H. Williams III.
Story by Jeremy Whitley with art by M Goodwin.
Story by Bill Willingham with many different artists.
The Wicked + The Divine
Art by Jamie Mckelvie  and story by Kieron Gillen.
Dragons Beware!
Story by Jorge Aguirre with art by‎ Rafael Rosado.
Tiger Lung
Written and illustrated by Simon Roy.
Amelia Cole
By D.J. Kirkbride and Adam P. Knave.
Sailor Twain: or, The mermaid in the Hudson
Story and art by Mark Siegel.
The Last Unicorn
Written by Peter B. Gillis, based on a story by Peter S. Beagle with illustrations by‎ Renae De Liz.
Art by Barry Windsor-Smith and story by Roy Thomas.
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
Story and art by David Petersen.